Kennedy Reportedly Bows Out of N.Y. Senate Seat Hunt

By Dschabner

Jan 21, 2009 9:06pm

ABC News’ Eloise Harper reports:

Three New York papers reported Wednesday evening that Caroline Kennedy has asked New York Gov. David Paterson to withdraw her name from consideration for the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton when she became secretary of state.

The New York Post, the Times and the Daily News all quoted unnamed sources saying Kennedy had told Paterson today she did not want the position.

The Post reported late Wednesday that Kennedy told Paterson she wanted her name withdrawn from consideration due to a "personal reason."

The Times followed the Post, reporting Kennedy had withdrawn out of concern about her uncle Sen. Ted Kennedy’s deteriorating health.  Sen. Kennedy suffered a seizure Tuesday during the inaugural lunch. He was diagnosed with brain cancer last year.

Clinton resigned from the Senate shortly after she was confirmed as Secretary of State Wednesday.   

Paterson has said he will name a replacement for Clinton soon.   

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